Potsketch 2015

POTSKETCH 2015 EVENT & AUCTION
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 6-10pm

University Center North Ballroom, University of Montana
Dress theme: Gold Luster

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

please contact director@theclaystudioofmissoula.org if you would like to attend in case we have last minute cancellations

The evening includes food, beverages, great company, live music by The Captain Wilson Conspiracy (formerly Discount Quartet) and an opportunity to make bids on POTSKETCHES and one-of-a-kind ceramic works auctioned off by Mayor John Engen.


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2015 POTSKETCHES - ONLINE BIDDING CLOSED
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Adrian Arleo

Montana
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James Bailey

Montana
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Jennifer Bardsley

Montana
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Molly Anne Bishop

Illinois
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Courtney Blazon

Montana
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Current Bid: $60.00
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Renée Brown

Montana
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Isobel Buck

Montana
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Peter Callas

New Jersey
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Susan Carlson

Montana
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Pamela Caughey

Montana
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Eva Champagne

Florida
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Craig Clifford

Wisconsin
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Jennifer Combe

Montana
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Chris Dufala

Montana
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Theo Ellsworth

Montana
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Nancy Erickson

Montana
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Donna Flanery

North Carolina
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Jill Foote-Hutton

Montana
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Bobby Free

California
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Stephanie Frostad

Montana
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Mo Gary

Montana
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Ron Geibel

New York
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Bev Beck Glueckert

Montana
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Stephen Glueckert

Montana
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Miriam Griffin

Montana
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Koral Halperin

Montana
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Wesley Harvey

Montana
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Matt Hamon

Montana
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James Heath

Montana
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Trey Hill

Montana
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David Hiltner

Montana
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Maggy Rozycki Hiltner

Montana
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Nina Hole

Denmark
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Sarahjess Hurt

Montana
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Alex Kraft

Georgia
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Steven Krutek

Montana
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Dyna Kuehnle

Montana
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Joshua Kuensting

Montana
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Debbie Kupinsky

Wisconsin
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Lady Pajama

Montana
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Jennifer Leutzinger

Montana
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Elena Lourenco

Montana
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Max Mahn

Montana
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Cathryn Mallory

Montana
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George McCauley

Montana
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Jack Metcalf

Montana
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Ron Meyers

Georgia
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Priscilla Mouritzen

Denmark
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Richard Notkin

Washington
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Current Bid: $90.00
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Laura O'Connor

Florida
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Kathleen Herlihy Paoli

Montana
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Lukas Phelan

Montana
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Josh Quick

Montana
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Jazmine Raymond

Montana
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David Regan

Montana
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Brandon Reintjes

Montana
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Richard Shaw

California
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Jeffrey Sincich

Florida
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David Scott Smith

Arkansas
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Chad Steve

Montana
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Lee Stuurmans

Montana
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Current Bid: $80.00
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Monica Thompson

Montana
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Patricia Thornton

Montana
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Tim Thornton

Montana
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Bobby Tilton

Montana
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Sue Tirrell

Montana
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Phoebe Toland

Washington
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Shalene Valenzuela

Montana
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Patti Warashina

Washington
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Current Bid: $80.00
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Kurt Weiser

Arizona
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Janet Whaley

Montana
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Rosalie Wynkoop

Montana
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Kensuke Yamada

Arkansas
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Casey Zablocki

Montana
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Live Auction

Bidding for the live auction items below will take place at the Potsketch event on April 18.
If you cannot attend and are interested in placing a proxy bid, please contact us to make arrangements

Doug Baldwin

Duck Woodfire Kiln
Stoneware, wood and soda fired

est value: $200
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Nolan Baumgartner

Gravy Schooner
Soda fired porcelain

est value: $155
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Renée Brown

Varigated Gold after Wulfanite, Ivoryite, Botryoidal Amberite
Porcelain, multi- media

est value: $850
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Orville Chigbrow

Structure
Granite, clay, glaze, metal leaf, wax

est. value: $180

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Josh DeWeese

Vase
Salt/soda fired stoneware

est value: $200
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Emily Free Wilson

Vase
Porcelain
3"x18"x18"

est value: $180

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Julia Galloway

Pitcher
Porcelain

est value: $180
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Mo Gary

Support
Woodfired porcelain and dogwood branch

est value: $300
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Miriam Griffin

Untitled
Earthenware, luster

est value: $425
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Perry Haas

Moon Jar
Woodfired stoneware
17"x9"x9"

est value: $450
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Margaret Haden

Vase
Cone 6 Porcelain, Underglaze, Colored Decal Paper, Gold Luster Multiple Electric Firings
13"x4.5"x4.5"

est value $300
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Koral Halperin

Untitled
Ceramic, steel

est value $700
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Sarah Jaeger

Bowl
Porcelain

est value $150
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Joshua Kuensting

Serving Bowl
Stoneware, soda fired

est value: $90
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Mike Kurz

Woodfired Vessel
Stoneware

est value $200
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Jayson Lawfer

Untitled
Stoneware, slip, glaze, woodfired

est value: $250
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Steve Young Lee

Vase
porcelain, copper inlay
8"x4"x4"

est value: $175
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Phil Mahn

Teapot Set
wood fired earthenware

est. value: $300
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Carla Potter

Untitled
porcelain
4"x8"x6"

est value: $450
full donation

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Alison Reintjes

Alison Reintjes & Emily Schroeder Willis

Plate
Porcelain

est value: $100
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David Shaner

Jar
Porcelain

full donation from Ann Shaner

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Richard Smith

Giving Thanks Reliquary
Cone 12 woodfired stoneware & porcelain
25"x19"x8"

est value: $400
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Chad Steve

Honk if You're Horny
Terracotta

est value: $175
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Shalene Valenzuela

The Grind: Something to Chew On
Slipcast ceramic
3 "x7"x3"

est value: $350
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Tara Wilson

Flower Brick
Woodfired stoneware

est value: $250
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Casey Zablocki

Sculpture #1
Woodfired stoneware

est value: $1000
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Artist Bios

ADRIAN ARLEO

Adrian Arleo is a ceramic sculptor living outside Missoula, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. 1983) and received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Arleo was an Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft in 1986-87, and at Sitka Center For Art and Ecology in 1987-88. For nearly thirty years, Arleo has focused her work on the human figure, often combining it with animal imagery, and other elements of the natural world. Some works allude to a relationship of understanding or connection between the human and animal realms. In others, human figures possess animal features in a way that reveals something hidden about the character or primal nature of the human.

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JAMES BAILEY

James Bailey holds a MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is currently an artist and Professor in the School of Art at the University of Montana, and continues his research into both traditional and experimental approaches in printmaking.  As an artist, James has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in over 170 exhibitions and national print portfolios throughout the United States and abroad.  His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center and Sioux City Arts Center among others.

James has presented lectures and workshops through such venues as Frogman’s press, Split Rock Arts Program, Blanden Art Museum, Holter Art Museum, PABA Center, along with being a visiting artist at numerous institutions in addition to establishing Matrix Press at the University of Montana.

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DOUG BALDWIN

Doug Baldwin received his BA (1961) and MA (1965) from the University of Montana. He also studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. From 1969 to 2004 he taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work has been exhibited internationally. Doug works as a Studio Artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and has developed a body of his work into short movies.

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JENNIFER BARDSLEY

Jennifer Bardsley is a professional artist from Missoula, Montana, USA. She specializes in oil, watercolor paintings video installation and sculpture. Her subject matter includes wildlife, landscapes, still-life, flowers, figures, western scenes and abstract art work. Jennifer has her BFA in painting from The University of Montana. She has exhibited her artwork across the US and abroad in Finland and New Zealand. Jennifer is currently the Art Teacher at Sussex School in Missoula.

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NOLAN BAUMGARTNER

Nolan Baumgartner received his BFA from the University of Utah in 2001, and his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Art Academy in 2004. A Utah native, he is a practicing studio potter and artist who shows in local and national exhibitions. He has taught at Oakland County Community College in Auburn Hills, MI, and he has been teaching at the University of Utah since 2006. Nolan was a short term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula in Summer 2014.

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MOLLY ANNE BISHOP

Born and raised in Virginia, Molly Anne Bishop graduated from the VCU craft/material studies program in 2012. Working mostly in clay, she draws inspiration from lizards, popular sports, and travel. After spending 5 months living in a plumber's truck and traveling cross-country, she has an appreciation for all the little creatures across America. She is an avid sketch booker. She was a recent long-term resident at Red Lodge Clay Center and is now at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL.

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COURTNEY BLAZON

Courtney Blazon is an artist and illustrator residing in Missoula, MT. She has illustrated for various local and regional businesses and has had solo shows in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, and Missoula, MT. She was one of the recipients of a Montana Arts Council Artist Innovation Award in 2011.

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RENÉE BROWN

Growing up in Conyers, Georgia, Renée Brown spent many summer days playing in the creek bed next to her home. Clay has always been under her nails. After a brief encounter with the ceramics program at the University of Georgia, she pursued her studies in interior design and experienced an ambitious early career as a commercial and residential designer. Unable to resist the call of clay, she began taking night classes in ceramics at an urban community clay center. At age 29, Renée left the design field to pursue her MFA in Ceramics at the University of North Texas. Upon receiving her degree, she completed several artist residencies in Montana including: The Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, and The Clay Studio of Missoula. Renée was recognized as one of NCECA’s 2014 emerging artists. She now maintains an independent studio in the Historic Brunswick Building in downtown Missoula, Montana.

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ISOBEL BUCK

Isobel Buck is a graphic designer and illustrator living in and originally from Missoula. She spent many years in Colorado where she worked as a graphic designer and taught graphic design for Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Before that, she received her B.A. in Art from the University of Montana in 1996. Her digital art stems from her traditional media sketches and studies of nature - Flowers, weeds, trees, bugs and animals - particularly rabbits. She loves to paint in watercolors and oils. Her digital work is implemented mainly through the tool of Adobe Illustrator, and always with the help of a graphics tablet.

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PETER CALLAS

For over three decades the process of wood firing ceramics has been the creative touchstone that changed the course of Peter's life. This blending of both historical references and contemporary intellectual values has galvanized the work and his aesthetic vision.

It is an arcane process; a collaborative vision that stirs up elusive and poetic forms through tactile, intuitive inflections and the kilns' subtle, broad color palette.

Artistically, Peter focuses on framing the unpredictable... intent on capturing gesture in form; melding abstract expressionist values with Ashen Glazed surfaces to communicate the mysterious sensibilities of nature on fire.

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SUSAN CARLSON

Susan is a local Missoula artist, Clay Studio member, student, and studio artist. She attended Gonzaga University and the University of Montana where she earned a BFA with an emphasis in painting.

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PAMELA CAUGHEY

Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, received her BS in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983, studied art in London in 1984 and moved to Hamilton, MT in 1986. She received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Montana in 2010. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Holter Museum of Art in Helena, MT and Missoula Art Museum. She is on the faculty of the Bitterroot College of the University of Montana in Hamilton, MT and teaches foundations courses in drawing, 2D Color and Design, and Sculpture. She will have an exhibition at the Missoula Art Museum in August, 2014.

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EVA CHAMPAGNE

Eva Champagne grew up in Hong Kong. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and completed Post-Baccalaureate study at the University of Florida. In 2009 she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Montana-Missoula. Since then, she has been a resident artist at AIR Vallauris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, Red Lodge Clay Center and The Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana, and Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Bali, Indonesia. Her work is shown nationally and internationally, and is included in several permanent collections. Currently she teaches at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.

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ORVILLE CHIGBROW

Orville Chigbrow received a BA in Anthropology in 1974. He has lived in eight different countries and traveled to dozens more. He returned to Missoula in 2000 and earned his MFA in Ceramics in 2006. Orville’s interest in the ancient ruins, shards, and artifacts of each place his lived and visited has been a strong influence on his process and the look and feel of each piece he creates. His work has exhibited nationally and in Germany. He has work in many private collections as well as the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s permanent collection. He has also contributed to auctions for the Missoula Art Museum as well as the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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CRAIG CLIFFORD

Craig Clifford received his BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2000 and his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2003. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has been included in the 2007 and 2009 World Ceramic Biennial in South Korea as well as, Ceramic Top 40, and is a past artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation, in Helena Montana. He is currently in the studio working for upcoming solo exhibitions at the gallery at The James Watrous Gallery, in Madison Wisconsin, The Clay Studio of Missoula, in Missoula Montana, and The James May Gallery, in Algoma Wisconsin. He has taught ceramics and art at California State University Long Beach, USC, Mississippi Valley State University and is currently the head of the ceramics program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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JENNIFER COMBE

Jennifer Combe is a painter and Assistant Professor of Art at The University of Montana where she teaches art education. She is the editor of a digital PK-12 curriculum portfolio with the National Art Education Association's Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education. Currently she is the Vice President of the Community Caucus with the National Association of Art Education. Her visual work has been exhibited locally and nationally with her most recent solo exhibition in Portland, OR. She received an MIT from The Evergreen State College, an MFA from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA from The Evergreen State College. She also studied at Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota, Colombia.

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JOSH DEWEESE

Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop have recently built a home and studio. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992-2006. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.

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CHRIS DUFALA

Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Chris Dufala received his BFA in Ceramics from Rowan University and his MFA in Spatial Arts/Ceramics at San Jose State University. Chris has exhibited work nationally and abroad in group and solo exhibitions, been an Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio of Missoula and Osage Artists Community, and is currently in a long-term residency at The Archie Bray Foundation. He has lectured, led visiting artist demonstrations, and instructed as adjunct faculty at several institutions including: Buffalo State College, SUNY Fredonia, Western Michigan University, and Carroll College.

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THEO ELLSWORTH

Theo Ellsworth is a self-taught artist, comics creator, and elaborate storyteller. He is a painter, sculptor, mixed-media artist, as well as an illustrator. His work reaches out and touches people of all ages through engaging illustrations and surreal storytelling. Ellsworth's web presence is entitled Thought Cloud Factory, which is an appropriate title for his imaginary approach. Ellsworth was one of 10 Montana artists to receive the 2013 Montana Arts Council Artist's Innovation Award, and currently has a solo exhibition at the Missoula Art Museum.

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NANCY ERICKSON

Nancy Erickson continues in fabric work, and in drawing (the Pattee Canyon Ladies' Salon) The piece enclosed is directly from one of our sessions. Right now she's working on a series of fabric constructions of the Lynx.

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DONNA FLANERY

Donna Flanery received a MFA from the University of Florida, 2013. She received her BFA in 2005 from the University of Montana and an AA from The College of Southern Idaho in 2003. Between academic endeavors she has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation (2007-2009), The Clay Studio of Missoula (2010, 2011), The Northern Clay Center (2006-2007) and The Pottery Workshop, Shanghai (2009-2010) and The Zentrum, Berlin (June 2013).

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JILL FOOTE-HUTTON

Jill received her BFA in Sculpture from Webster University, St. Louis in 1994 and her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Mississippi, Oxford in 2003. She has served as the Gallery Coordinator at Red Lodge Clay Center and Gallery Director and Anonymal Chair of Art at East Central College. She is currently an instructor at MSU Billings and will be the Jentel Critic at the Archie Bray Foundation this summer.

An admitted ceramic nerd with an egalitarian perspective on the evolution of contemporary A-R-T, she is, “excited to be present in a time and location where traditional techniques and methods come together with contemporary ideals to create a new creature, more wholly reflective of our world.”

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BOBBY FREE

Bobby grew up in the southwestern region of Oregon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2010. After graduating from school he interned with the owners of Free Ceramics, a pottery in Helena, Montana where he worked as the production thrower until 2012. Afterwards, Bobby completed several artist in residencies, including the Clay Studio of Missoula. Bobby now lives in the Los Angeles area and is currently employed as the Ceramics Studio Manager at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California.

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EMILY FREE WILSON

Emily Free Wilson is a ceramic artist in Helena, Montana. She currently runs her pottery business, Free Ceramics, and is the gallery director at the Archie Bray Foundation. Emily was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in Roseburg, Oregon. She received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she received an athletic scholarship for running and as an artist continued to receive grants for her ceramic work. Emily has also received grants from the Montana Arts Association and the Myrna Loy Art Center. Emily has been a visiting artist at Pottery Northwest and Jackson Art Association. Her work and the collaborative work through Free Ceramics has been published in Ceramics Monthly and has been featured in galleries across the United States.

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STEPHANIE J. FROSTAD

Stephanie J. Frostad studied at Studio Art Center International in Italy, The Maryland Institute(BFA 1990) and The University of Montana (MFA 1994). Represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle, she has exhibited nationally and abroad in Canada, China, Italy and New Zealand. Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Frostad now makes her home in Missoula.

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JULIA GALLOWAY

Julia Galloway has exhibited across the United States and Canada, and she has demonstrated at the NCECA and the Utilitarian Clay Conferences. Her work can be found in the collections of the Long Beach Museum of Art in CA, the Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC , the Huntington Museum of Art in WV, the Archie Bray Foundation in MT, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

For nine years Galloway taught at the School for American Crafts at RIT. She currently lives in Missoula, where she is a Professor of Ceramics at the School of Art at the University of Montana.

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MO GARY

Gardening and art are her passions. Thirty years ago she started growing vegetables, making pottery and weaving baskets. Dirt, clay and plants consumed her as they kept her in the natural world. Mo has to have flowers with her always. Wood firing clay drives her wild. Mo’s work is diverse, organic, intricate and personal. She can’t keep her hands off of it. It speaks of growth and bloom.

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RON GEIBEL

Ron Geibel grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2013, he received his MFA from the University of Montana. Geibel has been a short term resident at the Red Lodge Clay Center and The Chautauqua Institution's School of Art. Currently, Geibel is an Adjunct Professor of ceramics at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, NY and a 2014/2015 artist in residence at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY. Geibel's work toys with the intersection of public vs. private. Creating objects that reference the private parts of peoples lives, Geibel confronts matters concerning, sexuality, gender and identity, issues that are typically kept hidden.

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BEV BECK GLUECKERT

Bev Beck Glueckert is a working artist and art educator in Missoula, MT. She holds a BA in Art from The University of Idaho, and an MFA in printmaking from The University of Montana. She has been teaching classes and workshops for adults and children for over 20 years. Bev has served as adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana, and The University of Great Falls. She is a member of the Montana Artists Caravan and the SALTMINE artists group. Bev is working towards an upcoming summer exhibition at Turman-Larison Contemporary in Helena.

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STEPHEN GLUECKERT

Stephen Glueckert is a sculptor and mixed media artist living in Missoula. He holds a BFA in Art from The University of Idaho and an MA in Art Education from Western Washington University. His work has been widely exhibited throughout the Northwestern U.S., as well as nationally. Stephen is currenrtly the curator at Missoula Art Museum.

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MIRIAM GRIFFIN

Miriam Griffin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and holds a BFA degree from the University of Montana, Missoula. She has an Associate’s Degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and has also studied at the University of Tennessee, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She has received several scholarships to attend workshops at Penland School of Crafts, has been a resident at Medalta (Medicine Hat, Alberta, CA), and was awarded a summer work-study position at Watershed (ME) in 2014. She is currently a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula

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PERRY HAAS

Perry has been working in ceramics since 2003. He holds a BFA in ceramics from Utah State University. Ceramics has taken him to China and Korea, where he spent his time studying their unique ceramics history and processes. His work consists of functional wood fired ceramics. From 2011-2013, Perry was the long term Woodfire Resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and is currently a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center.

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MARGARET HADEN

Margaret Haden grew up in California's Central Valley, and is the current resident artist in ceramics at Kansas State University. She received an MFA at Alfred University and was a summer resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula in 2014. Margaret creates ornate vessel oriented objects as well as utilitarian pottery. Her process of cutting and removing clay while simultaneously adding and pushing dictates a degree of imperfection in the form, creating a unique organism each and every time.

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KORAL HALPERIN

Spending the first half of his life in the United States Virgin Islands and the latter half in Chicago and New York, Koral's work tends to reveal observations of the natural and manmade worlds. Koral received his AFA, Associates of Fine Arts at College of Dupage (IL), a BFA at Southern Illinois University, and was a Post Baccalaureate Student at Kansas State University. Koral first came to Montana as an artist-in-residence at Red Lodge Clay Center, and is now a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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MATT HAMON

Matt Hamon hails from a small, remote town in Northern California. A sense of place informed by wandering the woods as a child inspires his enquiry. Self-described as 'post-rural', Matt’s creative endeavors take many forms, as he is un-prejudiced in his choice of media, embracing anything from drawing and painting to photography and video. His work can involve a single medium or a combination of several disparate techniques. The technique that is adopted simply needs to be the best method to represent a particular idea.

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WESLEY HARVEY

Wesley is originally from Van Buren, Indiana, "the popcorn capital of the world." He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2002 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and then received his MFA in Ceramics in 2007 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Wesley has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally. His artwork can be found in various publications including 500 Contemporary Ceramic Sculptures and The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting and also in the permanent collections of the Art & Artifact Collection at the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Shanghai Museum of Arts & Crafts, as well as collections in China and throughout the United States. He currently lives and works in Red Lodge, MT and is the Curator of Exhibitions for the Red Lodge Clay Center.

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JIM HEATH

Originally from Butte, MT, Jim Heath has lived in Missoula since 1982. He graduated from The University of Montana, Missoula, in 2013, with a BFA specializing in ceramics. His passionate relationship with clay began in 1999, at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Jim's involvement in the ceramic arts has grown with the Clay Studio. He has served on the Clay Studio Board of Directors since 2005 and is currently the president.

Jim's first undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering and he spent 28 years working in industry. His reflections on chemical processes are often incorporated into his work

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TREY HILL

Trey Hill is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Montana. In addition to teaching, Trey has traveled and worked at many different residencies, including two years as a Taunt Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT, and at the LH Project in Joseph, OR. His international experienced includes time spent in Latvia building a public commission and also China, where he created work at the Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum in Fuping.

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DAVID HILTNER

David Hiltner is currently the Executive Director of Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. In the summer of 2005 David and his family moved to Montana to establish the Red Lodge Clay Center. Prior to moving to Red Lodge, David was an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Before joining the faculty at Wichita State University in 1999, he taught at Syracuse University, Northwest College and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He received his B.F.A. in Ceramics from Wichita State University in 1993 and completed his M.F.A. at Syracuse University in 1997.

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MAGGY ROZYCKI HILTNER

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner scours antique shops and yard sales for old embroidery. Inspired by the images of animated vegetables and all too cute oversized puppies and kittens, she combines this found embroidery with her own to depict sweet, strange and sometimes unsettling stories. Her images at first appear whimsical or vibrantly happy but on closer inspection are not quite so. Sometimes it's a malicious undertone to the relationships, or a lack of self-control on the part of the characters, or maybe an otherworldlyness hidden in the everyday.

Maggy grew up in suburban Pennsylvania. After serving as her high school mascot, Rowdy Ram, she went on to earn a degree in sculpture from Syracuse University. She and her husband, David, moved to Red Lodge in 2005 to open the Red Lodge Clay Center. They live/garden/make stuff/play with their two young daughters, a dog, two guinea pigs, four chickens and several goldfish.

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NINA HOLE

Nina Hole, born in Denmark, trained at the Art and Craft School in Copenhagen and at Fredonia State University in New York. She is cofounder of the ceramic museum “Grimmerhus” and International Ceramic Centre Guldagergaard were she serves on the board of directors. Nina’s work links the American and Danish ceramic traditions. With its free expressive style, indicative of her years as a student in the US, her work represents a unique international Current in the Danish ceramic tradition—a tradition firmly based on form and function. Nina calls herself a “clay architect”. In recent years she has become best known for her monumental fire sculptures.

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SARAHJESS HURT

Sarahjess Hurt was born in Atlanta, and grew up in Canton, Georgia. She received her BFA from Georgia State University in 2008 and her MFA from University of Montana in 2012. Sarajess has taught at University of Montana-Western and is currently the director at the Livingston Art Center.

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SARAH JAEGER

Sarah Jaeger is a studio potter in Helena, Montana. She received a BA (in English literature) from Harvard and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1985 - 1987 and the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council. She was a United States Artists Target Fellow in 2006, and in the spring of 2007 she was one of the artists profiled in the PBS documentary Craft in America. She has taught at Pomona College, the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has given workshops at schools and art centers nationally. Her work is in public and private collections and, most importantly, in many kitchens throughout the country.

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ALEX KRAFT

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Alex Kraft received her BFA in ceramics and her BS in art education from Northern Arizona University in 2002. Since completing her MFA in 2006 from the University of Montana, she has exhibited nationally and internationally and participated in numerous artist-in-residence programs including at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Clay Studio of Missoula, Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Kiln God resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Red Lodge Clay Center. She is a practicing studio artist and teaches at University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA.

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STEVEN KRUTEK

Steven Krutek studied art at the Colorado College, the University of Montana, the SALT Institute for Documentary Field Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and with photographer Stuart Klipper. Steven is currently teaching in the University of Montana's School of Art while promoting his photography-based artwork. He was one of five photographers selected internationally to present work at the Society for Photographic Education's 43rd national conference in Chicago. Steven's work has been exhibited at Project Basho in Philadelphia and in Tokyo at Ricoh's RING CUBE gallery. His work was also recently chosen as the cover image for a collection of poems, Earth Again by Chris Dombrowski and for publication in The Sun Magazine.

When he isn't teaching or creating his own work, Steven is spending invaluable time with his wife, Kinza and his children Finn, Rowan, and Maeve in Missoula, Montana.

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JOSHUA KUENSTING

Joshua received a BA in Psychology University of Missouri-Columbia (MO) and was a Core Artist in the Fellowship Program at Penland School of Crafts (NC) where he focused on forged/fabricated steel, woodfired ceramics, and fine woodworking. Joshua recently received his MFA in ceramics at Utah State University, Logan, UT, where he was awarded a number of fellowships and was named Graduate Student Teacher of the Year (2013/14). His current studio work is centered around wheel thrown ceramic tableware. A major inspiration for this work is the interaction and relationships that take place when people gather together for a meal. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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DYNA KUEHNLE

Dyna Kuehnle is a sculptor who now lives and works in Hot Springs, Montana. She received her MFA from the University of Montana in 1997. Dyna’s work has always been about permanence/impermanence. Most of her work is heavy and often involves metal, so she loves the lightness of doing the Potsketch every year, when her "sketches" are a salute to the arrival of spring.

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DEBBIE KUPINSKY

Debbie Kupinsky received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from Louisiana State University. She has been a resident artist in the Arts / Industry program at Kohler in Sheboygan, WI and at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT and The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Her work is in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, The John Michael Kohler Art Center and The Archie Bray Foundation among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the Clay Studio of Philadelphia and the Long Beach Museum of Art. She currently has work at the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, WI and at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Her work explores the role of objects and images in the mediation of experience. She currently teaches sculpture at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI.

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MIKE KURZ

After completing his MFA at The University of Montana in 1998, Mike was fortunate to be invited by Clare Ann and Rob to get the Clay Studio of Missoula up and running. Early on he taught a few adult classes and helped organize the shop. As the years went by, he was involved in countless roles, from bookkeeper and clay mixer, to exhibition curator and board president. Mike taught classes and ordered materials, mopped floors and hosted residents. Not all fun, but ALWAYS rewarding; to participate in an organization that brings joy and a sense of community to so many people.

When asked about the studio's ongoing success, he said, "I'm gratified to see our function expanding; that we’ve maintained relevance."

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LADYPAJAMA

Ladypajama is a local Missoula legend. When she isnít making art she is writing or playing crazy with her son Jorge.

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JAYSON LAWFER

Jayson Lawfer is a potter and director of an online art gallery and art consulting business, The Nevica Project. After graduating from the University of Montana, Jayson completed an artist residency at Guldagergard in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation, A.I.R. Vallauris in Vallauris, France, and Lillstreet Art Center. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art (Pennsylvania), Missoula Art Museum (Montana), Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), and New Hampshire Institute of Art. His pottery has been selected for the Totally Teabowl exhibition in England, the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramic Award in Australia and The Salzbrand 2006 competition in Germany. The American Society of Ceramics awarded Jayson one of the “2005 Emerging Artists of the Year”.

From 2002-2006, Jayson was the Executive Director of The Clay Studio of Missoula. He was a Resident Artist and Guest Curator at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, and their Executive Director of the nonprofit sector of Lillstreet from 2010-2011. Jayson’s talents of being an artist and holding positions of directorship have granted him the opportunity to present lectures and lead workshops in Mexico, Italy and in the USA.

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STEVE YOUNG LEE

Steven Young Lee received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. From 2004-2005, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China. While there, Lee created a new body of work as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange fellowship in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province.

He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Clay Art Center in New York and the Lillstreet Studio in Chicago, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation.

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JENNIFER LEUTZINGER

Jennifer Leutzinger was born in Texas, raised in Iowa, and has lived in Missoula since 1995. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Iowa in 1990, studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Seattle in 1993, and obtained a BFA in painting from the University of Montana in 2002. Jennifer currently divides her time between her gallery (The Brink Gallery), her studio, and her family.

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ELENA LOURENCO

A New York native, Elena Lourenco was born on Long Island. She received her BFA from San Jose State University, CA, in 2002 and her MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University in 2007. As a post-graduate student, she studied abroad at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. During her graduate studies Ms. Lourenco was the recipient of the Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship, an important award that allowed the artist to travel to India to research and observe the integration of culture and landscape, which would come to impart meaning on her working practice. Lourencoís work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and abroad. She is currently a Professor of Sculpture at University of Montana, Missoula.

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MAX MAHN

Max Mahn is currently a BFA student at the University of Montana, graduating this spring with an emphasis in printmaking. With his BFA near and currently working at a local print shop, Max has high hopes of getting his foot into the door of the freelance illustration and printmaking world.

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PHIL MAHN

Philip Mahn was born and raised in Great Falls and currently lives in Missoula. His development as a potter has been through independent study, mentoring, and a variety of community ceramic studios like the Paris Gibson Square, The Clay Studio of Missoula, University of Montana, and the Archie Bray Foundation. His work is a collaboration of the intuitive interaction with clay and the embracement of the firing processes that make it uniquely ceramic.

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CATHRYN MALLORY

Cathryn Mallory is currently a Professor and Director of the Gallery of Visual Arts for the School of Art at The University of Montana-Missoula. Originally from the Chicago area, she received her BFA in fiber from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and MFA in sculpture from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her work has been exhibited on a regional and national level.

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GEORGE METROPOULOS McCAULEY

George Metropoulos McCauley, a Greek/American potter, has had 23 solo shows and has been included in 197 exhibitions. He has taught and conducted workshops internationally. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and the prestigious Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, TN, his pottery and sculpture are included in international collections in 11 countries. In 2007 he was invited as a guest of the Chinese government to lecture and exhibit in conjunction with the International Teapot Exhibition in Zhugiagiao. After returning from China, he began work on his film "Archie C. Bray Jr.: Life at the Brickyard", which he completed in 2008. In 2009 he was chosen as one of nine ceramic artists from around the world to participate in the Kohila Wood fire Symposium in Estonia. In 2012 he traveled to Japan in order to complete work for two exhibitions of his wood fired ceramics and conduct workshops. In 2013 he premiered his film, Ron Meyers and the Usual Suspects at the Arkansas Art Center. He maintains a studio at his home in Helena, Montana where he makes colorful earthenware pots and narrative sculpture. Along the way he has worked as a chef in a Greek restaurant, horse trainer, fulltime cowboy, concrete inspector, aluminum siding salesman, western catalog model, lifeguard and carpenter.

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JACK METCALF

Jack Metcalf spent his youth knee deep in the sweating swamps of the southeast smearing the line of where illusion ends and reality begins. His creations emulate a diary of sorts. The work balances draftsman precision with an ambiguous blather of imagination, insight, and delight, presenting an internal conversation that is felt, but never fully comprehended. The work is playful, visually stimulating, and when tied to the stories behind each piece, also deeply personal. It may have humor, but it’s not to be taken lightly. Jack has recently establish his studio and art space Real Good, a rather fabulous venue just a stoneís throw away from the Clay Studio of Missoula

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RON MEYERS

Ron Meyers is an emeritus professor of the University of Georgia, Athens, GA where he taught for over 20 years. He received his BS and MS degrees in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and received his MFA degree in Ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Ron's work is represented in many museum and private collections. He was a 2007 recipient of the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also been honored by the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN as the 2008 Regis Masters Series Honor. The Regis Masters Series pays tribute to senior artists that have had a major impact on the development of 20th and 21st ceramics in the United States.

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PRISCILLA MOURITZEN

Priscilla was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied at the School of Art, Durban, South Africa. In 1979 she moved to Denmark where she serves on the board of directors for Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, and maintains a studio north of Copenhagen.

Priscilla’s work has been shown at the Museum of Anthropology, Xalapa, Mexico, 20+1 Tozan Kilns, Arizona Presenters Exhibition, and The Clay Studio of Missoula, where she had a solo exhibition in 2006. Most of Priscilla’s work is pinched in porcelain clay and wood fired. The scale is intimate, as demanded by the pinching process. The works show a use of pattern that echoes memories of her childhood in Africa.

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RICHARD NOTKIN

A studio artist who lives in Vaughn, Washington, Richard Notkinís teapots and ceramic sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are in more than 65 public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. Among his awards are three artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In 2008, Notkin was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and awarded a Hoi Fellowship by the United States Artists Foundation. He is also the recipient of the Meloy Stevenson Award from the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, and the Honorary Membership Award from NCECA, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

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KATHLEEN HERLIHY-PAOLI

Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, a Missoula-based artist known for her realist paintings, earned her bachelorís in studio arts from Skidmore College in upstate New York, with post-degree studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and in lithography at Pratt Manhattan Center. She moved to Montana in 1995 with her husband, John Paoli, who is from Great Falls. Her work has been featured in Montana at the Dana Gallery and the Missoula Art Museum.

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LUKAS PHELAN

Lukas is an artist living in Missoula. He recently received his BFA, with an emphasis in Painting and minor in Art History & Criticism at the University of Montana

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CARLA POTTER

After spending most of her life in Alaska, a long term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2005 shook Carla Potter loose from the hold of that vast domain. Inspired by her residency at the Archie Bray she went to the University of Nebraska
Lincoln to get her MFA.

Carla spent 15 years presenting workshops in the public school system in Alaska. She has been a teacher and presenter in many collaborative projects that involve the public and institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and the Sheldon Art Museum in Nebraska. Carla has shown her artwork extensively around the states of Alaska and Montana. Since her time at the Archie Bray she has pursued a national audience and has been part of many
exhibitions across the country.

Working from her studio in Helena, Potter uses hand building techniques and works primarily with porcelain. Her work has taken a dramatic shift from the exuberant colorful sculptures inspired by her Alaskan environment to making delicate unglazed porcelain vessels and figurines that weave her own personal narrative with her experience of nature, Catholicism and the history of European art.

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JOSH QUICK

Josh Quick is a Missoula based illustrator and designer. Josh designs, draws and tells stories through pictures. Ever since he can remember, he owned a sketchbook, sharpener and drawing pencils. When he was young, his parents built theirr house, pouring the foundation, erecting walls and installing windows around him. He sat at the table drawing faces, monsters, animals, and scenes from movies.

Josh’s work is instantly recognizable, personal, original, and professional. The pieces he create may include the following: custom typography, stylized illustration, hand drawn brush and ink strokes, comic strips, dynamic color schemes, and catchy concepts.

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JAZMINE RAYMOND

Jazmine is the Outreach Coordinator at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She likes to make things. She likes to talk about making things. She wants you to like making things. She has a BFA in visual arts from Bennington College in Vermont. Sheís from Missoula Montana.

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DAVID REGAN

Montana-based ceramist David Regan began working professionally in 1991 and has quickly became well recognized for his distinctive vessels. Reganís porcelain animal forms, covered in intricate sgraffito drawings, invite close observation. Although they appear to be decorative and sculptural, many of them are actually entirely functional and this is part of their complexity. Addressing themes of human and animal consumption and the natural cycles of life and death through his illustrations, Regan links these ideas to the function of traditional serving containers like soup tureens and casseroles. He is currently the ceramics instructor at Flathead Valley Community College.

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ALISON REINTJES & EMILY SCHROEDER WILLIS

Alison Reintjes first moved to Montana in 2001 for a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena. She has completed additional residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana, and the Clay Studio of Missoula. She has exhibited at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, AKAR Gallery, Museu de Ceramica de l'Alcora in Spain, ASU Ceramic Research Center, Lill Street Art Center and the Northern Clay Center.

Emily Schroeder Willis received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2001 Jerome Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and the Sage Scholarship from the Archie Bray Foundation. She has exhibited her work across North America as well as in Europe, Central America and Australia. Emily has taught at the Alberta College of Art + Design and the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a presenter at the Arrowmont Utilitarian Clay Conference in 2012. Currently, she maintains a studio in Chicago.

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BRANDON REINTJES

Brandon Reintjes has concentrated most aspects of his life on creating art and celebrating art made by others. Though he works as Curator of Art at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, University of Montana, he maintains a regular studio practice. He recently participated in The Last Best Printfest at the Zootown Arts Community Center and a regional survey of painters at Turman Larison Contemporary in Helena. He received his undergraduate degree in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MA in curatorial and critical studies from the University of Louisville. He has published articles in Surface Design Association Journal, the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and Ceramics Art & Perception.  

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DAVID SHANER

David Shaner (1934- 2002) is recognized as an artist who had considerable impact on contemporary ceramics. His illustrious career as a sculptor and a potter spanned more than four decades. Trained in the late 1950's at Alfred University School of Ceramics, Shaner became the director of the influential Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. After leaving Helena, Shaner became a nationally acclaimed studio potter and sculptor, working out of his home and studio in Bigfork, Montana. Through an unwavering devotion to his work, he attained that often elusive goal of bridging the gap between art and life to which so many artists aspire. His ceramic vessels and sculpture reflect the beauty of the western landscape and the natural environment. His innovations and success with refined organic forms and the wood firing process made him a leader in ceramics and sought after by museums and private collectors alike.

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RICHARD SHAW

In the world of contemporary ceramics, Richard Shaw is the master of trompe-l’oeil sculpture. He has developed an astonishing array of techniques, including perfectly cast porcelain objects and overglaze transfer decals. By combining the commonplace with the whimsical, the humorous with the mundane, Shaw captures the poetic and the surreal with the sensibility of a comedian.

Shaw is one of the most respected and collected artists in contemporary ceramics. He came out of the San Francisco Bay Area art scene in the late 1960’s and he continues to add to his skills and appropriate from mass culture. He has developed a vocabulary of found objects that form intimate still life sculptures, complex figures, and personally referential assemblages. He brings life to the detritus of the studio, as a cartoonist animates the page.

Richard Shaw has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions since 1967, and his work is included in major museum collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He recently retired from his Professor of Art Practice position at UC Berkeley.

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JEFFREY SINCICH

Jeffrey Sincich received a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2012. He was born and raised in Belleair, Florida. He has assisted workshops at several craft schools around the country. He presented a lecture on mixed media in ceramics at the NCECA conference in Seattle in 2012. Following this, Jeffrey embarked on a bicycle tour from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA with the help of the NCECA Regina Brown Fellowship Grant, doing research on the tourism and culture in the area. He then completed a summer residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula in 2012. He currently maintains a studio practice in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife Roxanne and their dog Woody Guthrie.

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DAVID SCOTT SMITH

David Scott Smith is originally from Spokane, WA. He has lived for extended periods of time in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Louisiana. He received his MFA from Louisiana State University and worked for several years at Southern Louisiana University and Flathead Valley Community College teaching ceramics and 3-D design. He currently teaches ceramics at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

David has been featured numerous times in Ceramics Monthly magazine, including the article David Scott Smith: A Bricolage of Light.

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RICHARD SMITH

Richard Smith is a wood fired ceramic artist.  He serves as a board member for the Clay Studio of Missoula.  Richard and his wife, Edie, own Missoula Physical Therapy, Inc.

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CHAD STEVE

Chad Steve received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout and his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has worked as an adjunct professor and lab technician at the University of Hawaii and is currently a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Concerned with innovation and function Chad treats each piece as a small sculpture. With consideration of line, mass, and balance he finds an arrangement that displays a strong visual presence within each piece. Constructing both sculptural and utilitarian ceramics, Chad is most intrigued by the way we connected and interact with objects in our daily lives.

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LEE STUURMANS

Lee Stuurmans avoids experiencing his life through hierarchical standards, hyperbole, or banal and oversimplified dualities. He also avoids going out into public or seeing other people whenever possible. Heíd like to imagine that earlier today after breakfast, Louie (dear former feline roommate, R.I.P.) invited Lee to read Margaret Atwood novels until lunch, together, as equals. Lee also produces various ceramic objects meant for delight or other such activities.

Oh yes, and Lee is also the studio manager at The Clay Studio of Missoula.

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MONICA THOMPSON

Monica Thompson lives and works in Missoula, Montana. She studied Textiles and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan and studied Fibers at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. Her work strives for simplicity in design and purity in process. Monica teaches Elementary Art in the Missoula County Public Schools.

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PATRICIA THORNTON

Art is the instrument through which Patricia’s ideas, life stories, and observations take form. She works with a wide range of two-dimensional media, including installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and photography depending on the needs of the piece. Her approach to making art is process based, experimental, and playful. While working and creating iconography Patricia confronts how things should be made, what she believes in and why. She enjoys scribbling, scratching, and erasing as well as allowing delicately rendered lines and shapes as they come.

Patricia is currently the Zootown Art Centerís Adult Program Director & Printshop Manager, and maintains Thornton Studios with her husband Tim.

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TIM T. THORNTON

Tim T. Thornton was born and raised in Los Angeles California. He began drawing at an early age. In grade school and in high school, his teachers encouraged him to pursue his artistic interests, and in 1984 he graduated from the California College of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with an emphasis on drawing.

After leaving art school, he found full time employment as a scene painter in Hollywood, painting sets for film, television and theater. Tim was later hired by the University of California at Berkeley as the charge scenic artist for the Performing Arts program. In 2005 he relocated to Montana with his artist wife, Patricia, where they have made a home in the supportive and lively community that is Missoula. His large scale paintings are in several local collections, and have been featured in the Missoula Art Museum’s annual auction.

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BOBBY TILTON

Bobby Tilton was born in Great Falls, Montana and raised on a cattle and wheat ranch in the little Belt Mountains.  Her mother was a Home Economics and English Major and her father was a fisheries biologist.  Her siblings and she were taught about ecology long before it became a popular concept. 

Bobby’s interest in art began with her ability to draw as a second grader and was honed over the years by many gifted and caring teacher.  She began her career as a full time kindergarten teacher and taught art K-12 for nine years in Missoula public schools.  She has a Masters in Administration and an MFA in Sculpture.  She is a retired professor from the School of Art at the University of Montana.

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SUE TIRRELL

Sue Tirrell received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997.  She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; California State University, Chico; and the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, MT.  Her work is included in the public collections of the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT; the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, MT; the Montana Museum of Art & Culture in Missoula, MT; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS. 

Tirrell’s work has been included in regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions and she is represented by Visions West Galleries in Denver, CO; Livingston & Bozeman, MT; Stewart-Kummer Gallery in Gualala, CA; Toucan Gallery in Billings, MT; Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT; and ArtFusion in Big Fork, MT.  She lives and works on the banks of the Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT.

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PHOEBE TOLAND

Whether making prints, paintings, drawings or sculptures, Toland's method of working is to build pieces in layers. In order to create a desired complexity of images and surfaces, she use a process that allows her to add and subtract. This process reflects the subject matter of her work; the complexity of the human experience throughout history and our interactions with each other and our planet.

Toland attended graduate school at MSU from 1980 - 83, and returned to live in Montana in 1994. She was awarded an Innovation grant through the MT Arts Council in 2009, and a Gottlieb Foundation grant in 2005. She currently maintains a studio in Vaughn, Washington Her work is included in public and private collections regionally and nationally.

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SHALENE VALENZUELA

Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she moved from her longtime home of Oakland, CA to participate in a long-term residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She currently maintains a studio in the historic Brunswick Building in downtown Missoula.

Additionally, Shalene has participated in summer artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She currently serves as the executive director at the Clay Studio of Missoula. She has taught at Flathead Valley Community College, University of Montana, Oregon College of Art and Craft,and various art centers in Montana and California. Shalene has been a guest artist and speaker at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities and her work has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions nationally.

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PATTI WARASHINA

Ceramic sculptor Patti Warashina was born in Spokane, Washington. She went to college in Seattle, and received her BFA, and later her MFA from the University of Washington. While in college, she studied with sculptors Robert Sperry, Harold Myers, Rudy Autio, Shoji and Shinsaku Hamada, and Ruth Penington. Her first solo exhibition was in 1962 at the Phoenix Art Gallery. Warashina later married fellow student Fred Bauer, and from 1964 to 1970, exhibited as Patti Bauer. 

Warashina's work is best know for satire, humor, and dream-state figures, expressed through low fire polychrome ceramic material, and she has received numerous awards for her achievements. Together with fellow artists Robert Sperry, Howard Kotler, and Fred Bauer, Warashina helped to bring national recognition to the department of ceramics at the University of Washington's School of Art in the late 1970's. 

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KURT WEISER

Kurt Weiser was born in 1950 in Lansing Michigan. He studied ceramics under Ken Ferguson at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1972-76 and then completed an MFA at the University of Michigan. In 1988, after a stint as Director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, Weiser started teaching ceramics at Arizona State University, where he has held the position of Regents' Professor of Art since August 2000.

His work has been acquired by many institutions around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of History in Taiwan, the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art and Institute of Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, and the Carnegie Mellon University.

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JANET WHALEY

Janet's images on her hand-painted porcelain works depict personal and traditional mythologies ñ both the realms of the imagined and not imagined. She explores the subjects of aging, birth and rebirth, and relationships, blending her own personal experiences with myths and fairy tales and images from nature.

Born in Idaho and raised in Missoula, Janet started her art studies at the University of Montana in 1966. After a time, she switched gears and began a twenty-six year career in nursing. During this time, she continued her art studies and finished my MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana in 1996, and now maintains her studio practice in her Missoula home.

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ROSALIE WYNKOOP

Rosalie Wynkoop is currently a studio artist working in Bozeman, MT. She spent 14 years as a resident artist at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. She received BA degrees in Art Education and English Literature at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. She has taught numerous workshops on majolica techniques around the country and exhibited her work nationally. She received an Artist’s Fellowship Award from the Montana Arts Council in 1999. Her work appears in many publications including A Ceramic Continuum, Cups, Pitchers, Best of Pottery books I and II and Susan Peterson’s, The Craft and Art of Clay.

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TARA WILSON

Tara Wilson is a studio potter living in Montana City, Montana. Wilson received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and an MFA degree from the University of Florida in 2003. She has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson was selected as an emerging artist for the 2006 NCECA conference. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States and her work has been exhibited internationally.

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KENSUKE YAMADA

Kensuke Yamada is a Japanese born maker, educated in the US at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA and at the University of Montana receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Watershed, ME, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR, Clay Studio Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, and a guest artist/adjunct instructor at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA. Kensuke is now a visiting artist/Ceramics Studio Technician/ Adjunct faculty member at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Yamada is a sculptor that creates layered narratives within his figurative works.

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CASEY ZABLOCKI

Casey Zablocki was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. He received his BFA from Finlandia University and studied ceramic design in Kuopio, Finland. He spent one year working and studying as an apprentice to Peter Callas and as a special student at Montana State. He has showed in both national and international exhibitions. Casey is currently the Woodfire resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Casey believes in form and function, craft and industry, which all need to be considered to create a balance in beauty. Knowing beauty is just a perception that allows him to use clay as a natural vehicle to transport his ideas. Casey’s ideas are influenced by his past and present surroundings. He finds acceptance that each idea will not be successful and believes if he continues the process of creating, his perception of success will change. Casey finds wood firing to be the most efficient artistic tool in finishing his work.

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HOW POTSKETCH WORKS:

Bid Online

You are able to bid online by calling or emailing us with your name, contact information (email, phone number, and address) and the piece(s) you wish to bid on. Please state both your starting bid AND the maximum bid you wish to place. We will only increase your bid if you have been outbid by someone else and will halt at your maximum bid.

NOTE: Potsketches can only be bid up in increments of $10 or greater

We will assign you an unique proxy number and confirm your information.

Proxy Bids: By using a proxy, the Clay Studio of Missoula can confidentially bid for you up to the maximum price you set. This way you don't have to keep an eye on your auction as it unfolds. Be assured that we will only use as much of your maximum bid as is necessary to maintain your position as high bidder. If your bid prevails, the final price might even be less than your maximum! E-mail and phoned-in proxy bids will be accepted through 5pm MDT, Friday, April 17, 2015.

Proxy bids may be accepted for Live Auction works as well. Keep in mind live auction works generally start bidding at half the estimated value.

Contact the office to make arrangements once you have decided the maximum you are willing to pay by calling (406) 543-0509 or emailing info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions or problems.

 

PICK-UP OR DELIVERY OF ACQUISITIONS. For those unable to attend the closing celebration, artwork will be available for pickup or shipment after April 20, 2015. Those requesting shipment will have to make arrangements with the studio. It will be shipped via Fed Ex with insurance up to the selling value. The buyer will be responsible for shipping and handling.

Bid in Person

The minimum bid for all POTSKETCHES is $50 and increases in increments of $10 or greater. We use assigned proxy numbers to identify bidders. Bids can be made at the Clay Studio of Missoula beginning April 3, and at the POTSKETCH Opening Reception through April 16, and will continue again at the auction event.

 

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POTSKETCH history

In 2004, Jayson Lawfer (former Clay Studio Executive Director) designed and created POTSKETCH. It was conceived as a fundraiser to further develop and expand The Clay Studio of Missoulaís facilities. Jayson, Mike Kurz (Clay Studio Board President), and the rest of the Board of Directors wanted to incorporate local, national and international artists in a unique fundraiser. Because most artists draw, the idea to invite artists to take 10 seconds, 10 minutes, or 10 hours to draw a pot or an image that has had an impact on them seemed novel. To facilitate this, The Clay Studio board and staff selected a group of artists and sent out packages including a 5"x5" piece of Italian paper, a pencil, and a return mailer and asked the artists to donate an original work. By including the materials with the invitation it was the Studios intention to make it easy for these artists, but they also encouraged them to manipulate the material and use any medium they were comfortable with including ink, paint, wax, etc.

The results were outstanding. Within a matter of days, the first drawings began arriving - Warren MacKenzie, then Akio Takamori, and the list of artists who participated kept going. The generosity and companionship from artists around the world was deeply felt. In its first fundraising year, The Clay Studio of Missoula was able to auction these drawings and raise $11,000. Now, in our ninth year, the artists' work has arrived with remarkable presence. This year's artists include past participants as well as many new submissions, and have arrived from America, Canada, Denmark and Germany.

View our POTSKETCH archives:

POTSKETCH 2014 / POTSKETCH 2013 / POTSKETCH 2012

POTSKETCH 2011 / POTSKETCH 2010 / POTSKETCH 2009/ POTSKETCH 2008

 

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